2009-04-30 / Obituaries

Frederick Clarke, 81

Frederick Cottrell Clarke, 81, of

Jamestown, died

April 23 at Village House in Newport following a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy Eaton Turner Clarke.

The son of Anna E. Clarke of Boston and Fred C. Clarke Sr. of Jamestown, Fred was born in Belmont, Mass., and moved to Jamestown in his youth, residing here most of his life.

A graduate of Rogers High School in Newport, Fred entered the United States Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. Following his military service, he attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business in 1950.

Besides his wife Dorothy, he is survived by his brother, Robert M. Clarke of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his children, Susan E. Murray of Ontario, Canada, Steven T. Clarke and his wife Susan of Rochester, Vt., Thomas E. Clarke and his wife Sandra of Johnston, Matthew F. Clarke and his wife Susanne of Jamestown; and grandchildren Levi, Krystle, William, Bethany, and Alexander Clarke, and Melissa Greenberg and her son, Colby Wroe.

Spending his entire career in the insurance field, upon graduation he was a special agent for Providence Washington Insurance Company briefly living in Massachusetts and Maine. He returned to Jamestown to join the family business, Meredith

& Clarke Insurance and Real Estate, eventually being the third generation owner and president until his retirement in 1989. He served the Town of Jamestown as chairman of the School Committee and as a member of the charter review committee and the personnel board. He also served as past-president and state national director of the Independent Insurance Agents of R.I. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, the Masons, a pastpresident of Jamestown Rotary Club; a corporator to BankNewport; a member of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Conanicut and Jamestown Yacht Clubs. He was also a trustee of Central Baptist Church and a hospice volunteer. He was an avid sailor, participating in the Florida to Bermuda race. He was also an avid skier.

A celebration of his life at an open memorial service will be held at the Central Baptist Church, 99 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

Donations can be made to the Memorial Fund of the Central Baptist Church in Jamestown or hospice.

For information and guestbook visit: www.FaganQuinnFuneral- Home.com.

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